New NSF Proposal Requirements

Effective October 5, 2020, National Science Foundation (NSF) approved formats must be used for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of all NSF proposal submissions. The two approved formats are:

Effective October 5, 2020, the NSF-approved formats outlined above must be used forthe following post award actions:

  • PIs and Co-PIs when submitting a Current and Pending Support document notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report.
  • A Change of PI and an Add/Change Co-PI request in FastLane when uploading Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documentation

SciENcv Enhancements

The SciENcv module for creating NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents will be updated prior to October 5, 2020; however, all SciENcv-generated Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support PDF documents created on or after April 1, 2020 remain compliant in NSF systems.

Prior to the October 5th requirement to use the NSF-approved format, SciENcv will make a number of enhancements that include:

  • ability for users to reorder products and appointments in the Biographical Sketch
  • ability for users to edit long author citations imported from ORCID on the Biographical Sketch and add “et al.”
  • addition of a Current and Pending Support tool tip to provide clarification and guidance on how users should document support under a fiscal year calendar

Automated Compliance Checks for NSF-approved Formats

  • Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents not in an NSF-approved format will trigger a compliance error and ultimately will prevent proposal submission or completion of the post-award action. This compliance check applies to proposals, Change of PI requests, Add/Change co-PI requests, and relevant RPPR submissions.
  • The complete lists of FastLane and automated proposal compliance checks effective October 5, 2020, are available on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals website.

Additional details and resources are available at:

Please reach out to Divisions of Sponsored Programs if you have any questions or concerns about these updates.

Amber Hardy, Manager, DSP Proposals and Agreements (352) 392-8581